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Monday, December 17, 2012

Ho! Ho! Ho! Christmas Cheer

In ten days, it will be Christmas. Most Etsy sellers guarantee Christmas delivery for purchases made by December 18. Christmas joy inspires this post!

***Poinsettia French Press Cozy from anniekdesigns***

***Joyful Christmas wreath by threesistersharvest***

***Christmas coasters by rusticpatriotgirl***

***Christmas Gift Tags by ShannaMicheleDesigns***

***Small Envelopes by teenytinyenvelopes***

***Cross Stitched Christmas Ornament by stitchinmommy***

Ho!Ho!Ho! Hope this post brings on holiday cheer and Christmas spirit! Happy Christmas and Merry New Year!

Posted by Millie Chauser,

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Artist Profile - Pink Pianos

There are so many amazing artists and creators in the CCCOE community.  We're going to take some time each month to introduce them to you -- starting with Hilary Hahn of Pink Pianos.  

When did you learn to do what you do?
I have always been creating things for as long as I can remember. I honed my techniques formally through studying Set Design, Fine Art, and Interior Design. I learned to do restoration work through experience. I began my Etsy shop hunting and renewing pieces as a hobby with the dream of having an art show. To my surprise, my furniture sold quickly online and I ended up with an Etsy shop instead. 

Describe your shop. How would you describe your style?
My shop is a curated mix of vintage renewed design and fresh fine art paintings. My style is naturally evolving. I love Scandinavian design, vintage objects, and natural treasures that I come across when adventuring. 

What are your favorite pieces to make?
My favorite pieces to craft depend largely on my mood or the season. Overall, I am drawn to natural wood, linen, and watercolor as a medium. I enjoy the results of seeing an antique transformed in a completely modern way. 

What inspires you?
Nature, color, and travel are constant inspirations to me. I live for the way old wood looks once it has been sanded, oiled, and refinished naturally. 

What does your workspace look like?
My outdoor studio is in the garage. I call it my furniture shop. The best part is that it is on sunny alley with bougainvillea and all day a steady stream of neighbors walk their dogs passed me. They often get involved in the projects that I'm working on. Several of them have even commissioned me to refinish their heirlooms and antiques. I have an indoor studio where I work when it gets too chilly.

My home in Los Angeles is art-filled and eclectic. One of the perks of being an artist is meeting other artists and amassing a mini collection. My husband likes modernity and I blend vintage pieces in a curated way. 

How do you spend your time when you're not creating?
In my spare time, I relax through yoga and biking. I seek out a chance to connect to nature via the mountains or the beaches on the outskirts of the city. I love to hang out with my husband and go walking with friends. 

What is your favorite thing to have for breakfast? 
I love to start my morning with granola and almond milk and fruit with coffee or tea.

Where would you like your shop to be 5 years from now? In 5 years, I would like my shop to offer a full line of home accessories. I would like to combine painting with home d├ęcor to create my upholstery fabrics and surface design for products. I envision a pop-up shop in the near future, where I partner with like-minded artisans. 

Where else can we find your work (online an in person)?
At the moment, Etsy is the main venue for my shop. I am a member of the Create:Fixate artist community and I do shows around Los Angeles with this group of artists. I am currently looking for boutiques that may be interested in showcasing my furniture designs. 

Where can we learn more about you? I write a blog called PinkPIanos, where I share my passion for fine art and handmade design one restoration project at a time. Please join me on Pinterest where we can share our ideas and become friends. 

Everyone make sure to reach out to Hilary! 

If you're interested in being profiled, just contact Julia A. This post contributed by Julia A. of the BackLoop.  

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Deck the Tree

It pains me to do it, but I'm actually going to be on season for once. Yep, I'm actually going to acknowledge that Christmas is coming. (I know, this is so unlike me.) But I saw this dragon ornament (too cute!), and I knew I had a topic. Even if it is, gasp, December appropriate.

Blue and Silver Dragon Ornament
Blue and Silver Dragon Ornament by Featherwurm

So, once I got started looking, I found all sorts of cute things. Like this glass wire wrapped one.

Glass Ornament Wire Wrapped Christmas Tree - White
Glass Wire Wrapped Ornament by Glass Art Elements

And continuing the tree theme.

Christmas tree ornaments, fused glass free form trees, set of 2
Christmas Tree Ornaments by Caroline4art

What an interesting idea. Recycling beer bottles. For ornaments.

One Beer Ornament from Recycled Glass Bottle
One Beer Ornament by bottlehood

Or using sheet music. I have a few musician friends who would appreciate this on their trees.

Sheet Music Origami Ornament
Sheet Music Origami Ornament by Graceline Paper Studio

And of course I'm always partial to knitting, even if it's just knit prints.

Knitted Print Holiday Ornaments
Knitted Print Holiday Ornaments by Black Cat Bazaar

And while my medium isn't beading, I'm sure some of yours is, and the pattern for this ornament is available. There's something kind of cool about making your own amazing ornaments.

Lace Picot Beaded Ornament Pattern
Lace Picot Beaded Ornament Pattern by Arhyonel Designs

A few years ago I knitted some ornaments. Maybe next year I'll make some more and add them to my shop.  

This post contributed by Liz from Zizi Rho Designs. Happy holidays.